Rebecca Caudill Award 4th-8th
Information about the Rebecca Caudill Award.
The Rebecca Caudill Award is a student choice award for 4th-8th grade students in Illinois. To vote in February, a student needs to read at least three titles from the current year's list. Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
The Apothecary. Meloy, Maile. (Gr. 6-8)
Follows a 14-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war.
Bamboo People. Perkins, Mitali. (Gr. 6-8)
Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and must learn to trust each other in order to survive.
Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917. Walker, Sally M. (Gr.4-8)
On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in Halifax Harbour, resulting in the largest man-made explosion until the detonation of the atomic bomb.
Boys Without Names. Sheth, Kashmira. (Gr. 5-8)
Eleven-year-old Gopal and his family leave their rural Indian village for life with his uncle in Mumbai, but when they arrive his father goes missing and Gopal ends up locked in a sweatshop from which there is no escape.
Breaking Stalin’s Nose. Yelchin, Eugene. (Gr. 4-8)
In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, 10-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.
Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot.” Tunnell, Michael O. (Gr. 4-8)
Presents the life of the American Air Force pilot responsible for setting up the airlift of candy to the children of Berlin in 1948 and 1949 after the end of World War II.
Close to Famous. Bauer, Joan. (Gr. 4-8)
Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.
Ghetto Cowboy. Neri, G. (Gr. 4-8)
Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs.
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous. Bragg, Georgia. (Gr. 6-8)
This collection of remarkable deaths relays all the gory details of how 19 world figures gave up the ghost, including King Tut, Julius Caesar, George Washington, Edgar Allan Poe, and Henry VIII.
The Hunt for the Seventh. Morton-Shaw, Christine. (Gr. 5-8)
When his father starts a new job at Minerva Hall as gardener, 12-year-old Jim discovers an ancient curse that needs to be unraveled before disaster happens.
I, Emma Freke. Atkinson, Elizabeth. (Gr. 5-8)
Growing up near Boston with her free-spirited mother and old-world grandfather, 12-year-old Emma has always felt out of place but when she attends the family reunion her father's family holds annually in Wisconsin, she is in for some surprises.
The Lions of Little Rock. Levine, Kristin. (Gr. 6-8)
In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy 12-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.
Mockingbird: (Mok’ing-bûrd). Erskine, Kathryn. (Gr. 4-8)
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.
Okay for Now. Schmidt, Gary D. (Gr. 7-8)
Fourteen-year-old Doug Swiateck, who has just moved to a new town with an abusive father, has the odds stacked against him until he finds a new friend and finds a safe haven in the local library and inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds.
The Outcasts. Flanagan, John. (Gr. 5-8)
Skandian outcasts Hal, Stig, and others do battle at sea against the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race across icy waters where not everyone thinks of the competition as playing.
The Running Dream. Van Draanen, Wendelin. (Gr. 6-8)
When a school bus accident leaves 16-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a way to help rekindle her dream of running again.
A Tale Dark and Grimm. Gidwitz, Adam. (Gr. 6-8)
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering wicked creatures along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk.
Ways to Live Forever. Nichols, Sally. (Gr. 6-8)
Eleven-year-old Sam McQueen, who has leukemia, writes a book during the last three months of his life, in which he tells about what he would like to accomplish, how he feels, and things that have happened to him.
Wonder. Palacio, R. J. (Gr. 5-8)
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school and which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Words in the Dust. Reedy, Trent. (Gr. 7-8)
Zulaikha, a 13-year-old girl in Afghanistan, faces a series of frightening but exhilarating changes in her life as she defies her father and secretly meets with an old woman who teaches her to read, her older sister gets married, and American troops offer her surgery to fix her cleft lip.
After reading a book from the Rebecca Caudill list either ask Mrs. Krouse for a bookmark to record your answers to a few simple questions to help you remember the book until time to vote in February, or download a set of three response bookmarks --- here.